Big BEN 2012: The Auction

Time 2:59 pm, October 31, 2012

IT’S official: our Alan Partridge Rover has been sold.

BCA’s Blackbushe auction house near Camberley was the venue – where we, along with Kelly Neal from BEN and Tim Naylor from BCA, watched this year’s six Big BEN Rally cars go under the hammer.

But just whose car sold for the most? Sadly it wasn’t our mighty gold Rover, but Marshall Group’s Citroen C5 Exclusive – raising £750 for BEN. Next up was CvWow’s 2003 Astra, hitting a not-too-shabby £650.

Car Dealer’s luxurious 827 Sterling – listed by accident as a base-spec 214 – didn’t quite manage to hit the £500 we paid for it, selling instead for a pretty reasonable £400. We’re pleased to report that it generated a lot of interest on the way in, though – perhaps, for some, evoking memories of auction halls gone by.

Wags and Rob’s Nissan Maxima Thunderbird QX followed for £375 – creating a bit of a frenzy as it rolled into hall one behind a line of ex-lease Audi A5s. Sadly the party piece rear burner was removed, but we have to admit it still looked pretty fantastic.

Contact Advantage’s tartan Civic came next at £150 – its ginger roof having been caressed by a few too many potential bidders for our liking – and Cooper Solutions’ graffitied Astra estate finished the line-up at £140.

In total then, that’s £2,465 for BEN – before you include the buyer’s fees that will also be donated. Not bad at all, we reckon.



Big BEN Rally 2012 – The Winners:


Marshall Group

Citroen C5 2.2 Exclusive



CvWow/Evans Halshaw

Vauxhall Astra 1.6 Active



Car Dealer Magazine

Rover 827 Sterling



Coombe Down Garage (Wags & Rob)

Nissan Maxima QX 2.0



Contact Advantage

Honda Civic Aerodeck



Cooper Solutions

Vauxhall Astra 1.4 Estate


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Staff Writer Jon is one of the Car Dealer team's newest members. You can also find him contributing to AOL Cars.

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